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BOE votes to uphold blended onsite model for secondary, delays secondary students starting blended onsite until November 12

BOE votes to uphold blended onsite model for secondary, delays secondary students starting blended onsite until November 12

The Wichita Board of Education voted on October 30 to delay secondary students starting blended onsite learning until November 12, three days later than the original November 9 start date.  Students will be engaged in learning on Nov. 9 and 10, and additional details will be provided early next week. November 11 is a holiday.

The BOE will have a meeting on November 9 to hear feedback from doctors on the Kansas COVID Workgroup for Kids and to look at current Sedgwick County COVID case data.  The KCWK group participated in the original creation of the gating criteria framework, and will offer perspective on the future use and interpretation of key data indicators.

The learning model status for elementary students will not change. All elementary students will continue learning through the onsite/myschool remote model, and special education students will continue to be served according to their traditional IEPS.

During the meeting, the BOE heard from Adrienne Byrne, Sedgwick County Health Director. She explained how the BOE Gating Criteria is based on two-week’s worth of data that is supported on SCHD’s Recovery and Reopening Business Metrics, www.sedgwickcounty.org/covid-19/covid-19-metrics. It is important to keep in mind that this report is the document suggested by SCHD as the most stable source of data possible with which to make decisions over time. Appropriate calculations, based on the gating criteria requiring two weeks of data to be considered, are based on the most recent two weeks of data provided on the report.

Read the BOE presentation

Watch the video of the BOE presentation.